03 Dec 2023

36 Anniversary Service (Assessment & Advancement)


On this 2nd service of GLCC’s 36th anniversary we assess how we are doing as a church. Using the same five “P’s” that we used to thank God for his faithfulness last week, this is our 36th year “report card”. 1. Purpose 9/10. 2. People 5/10. 3. Program 3. 75/10. 4. Place 2/10. 5. Provision 9/10. Score: 5. 75/10. 1. Purpose - we faithfully kept Gospel-centered by emphasizing the centrality of the Gospel as our “Source” of joy, good works, giving, etc. 2. People - we gradually have less servants and more spectators. Members will serve when it is convenient but not when it demands commitment. Leaders fail to expect, equip and empower members to serve. 3. Programs - the Word is well preached but fails to produce good worship, wonder and works due to many reasons. Possibly the main reason is that many conveniently deceive themselves that their main Christian duty is to listen to God’s Word. 4. Place - the common belief that church is a place rather than people has resulted in the obsession to keep the place neat and tidy. This results in fear to allow more activities that may mess up the “sacredness” of our “church. ”5. Provision - thankfully God continues to provide all our financial needs, in spite of the common mind-set of “no budget, no ministry. ”Advancement is possible if we:Dream Big (biblical). Word Hard. Pray Much. Expect Abundantly. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ” Ephesians 3:20-21.